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that interjection changed the course of the entire debate from that point forward. at the bottom of the hour doug schoen along with pat caddell to discuss the political implications and why they say we can expect this to be a critical event for the final presidential debate coming this monday. you can see that right here. coverage begins monday night 8:55 eastern time. join me, bret baier. it happens monday night right here on the fox news channel. i cannot promise ... bret will be inside the debate hall with this debate. i will be in the alley talking like this. hope you will be with us. new numbers out on the growing financial burden american college students are facing. a report shows student loan debt is up and it's becoming a major issue on the campaign trail with each candidate offering their own plan for relief. trace gallagher has that story. >> reporter: the big fear is you have a lot of students looking at student debt. they are saying they are going to skip college all together. according to the institute of college access and success it says that 66% of last year's college grads walke
even stronger today as it moves over jamaica and heads to cuba. doug kammerer has more on how sandy could have an impact on us here. doug? >> it really could have an impact on our weather as we make our way into the weekend and early next week. hurricane sandy with winds of 80 miles an hour, just off the coast of the eastern portions of jamaica right now. really hit that eastern side very, very hard. winds upwards of 80 miles an hour, with stronger gusts. trees down, power outages there. now it's on its way over toward cuba. video a little bit earlier this morning as it was making its way onshore. the incredible surf this storm is producing, we'll see it move up the east coast over the next few days. it will be in cuba, bahamas, florida, carolina also, and portions of the northeast. the potential is there for this to be a very dangerous storm. here it is right there. winds right now 80 miles an hour. moving to the north at 14 miles per hour. on that track, moves very close to miami, just off the coast there. and then right up the coast, staying offshore through most of this time per
that mean for our weekend? >> that's what we want to know. doug kammerer has the answer. doug? >> take a look at those shots there. just simply gorgeous out there once again. we saw a lot of cloud cover early this morning, even a little bit of light rain in some locations. but now we're seeing sunshine. and the temperatures are responding. 73 degrees with the winds out of the south at about 13 miles per hour. we're looking at a very nice afternoon right now. take a look at the numbers around the region. 72 in manassas. 76 in la plata. 78 down towards freds rickburg. to the north, a little bit cooler. hagerstown, 64. more clouds back to the north and west. nothing on the radar picture right now. notice this, here's the rain we saw last night. and here's the big storm back to the west. it still has not come through our area. so what is that going to mean for your saturday? you're going to want to stick around for this forecast. >>> the man accused of throwing a molotov cocktail inside ballston common mall has been charged now with arson. 29-year-old leon trail appeared in an arlington co
now, doug schoen and pat caddell, also a fox news contributor and former pollster for jimmy carter. i want to start with these ohio numbers because, because there was also a poll out that said it was tied at 47, and ppp, a democratic-leaning firm, released a poll showing obama up just one point in ohio. do you believe that it's a tied race in ohio, doug? >> i do. i think the fox news poll last week had it three, and i think pat and i both believe that the momentum in the race, the clear momentum is moving to mitt romney, and ohio which is probably both a bellwether and the key to the election, has been moving slowly, but it's moved about five or six points in the last week or so, and bottom line that makes this race dead even with all the momentum in governor romney's direction. megyn: the ppp poll that showed the president up by just one in ohio apparently had a sampling, a democrat sampling advantage of 8%, and earlier it was a democratic advantage of four. so the president is showing, you know, that he's doing worse even with more democrats in the sample in the tate of ohio, pat. w
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. doug schoen a democratic strategist, fox news contributor. and also a republican strategist is joining us from the american enterprise institute. doug, vice president biden last week talking about the fact that we basically have unemployment, things are getting better. the president has to address that tonight. >> it is undeniably the case that it is better to be 7.8 than 8. but when you look at discouraged workers, underemployed and unemployed workers this is still a very very weak economy and the administration has yet to come up with a compelling defense of a record that leaves them deeply politically vulnerable tonight. cheryl: i think you gave mark's argument for him. >> i often agree with doug. cheryl: obviously, okay. >> i often agree with doug, and i do agree with him right now. vice president biden was gloating in the debate last week that after 43 months we got it down to 7.8%. but the fact is if you count all the workers who left the workforce, the unemployment rate is really closer to 11%. as you have pointed out, we have had 43 months of this high unemployment. that really
fall day to get out for a walk. get ready for it to get even warmer this week. doug kammerer has more on conditions out there. colors are starting to change in this shot here. >> beautiful fall color. i'll tell you what, my son came in a little bit earlier today and had on his shorts, and i said, not today, buddy, but tomorrow we could be in short type weather. that's how warm temperatures are going to get. high today 73 degrees in washington. but back to the west, look at the numbers. highs near 80 degrees across portions of the region. and that's where we could be tomorrow. i'll talk about that, plus what could be a coastal storm developing. we'll talk about that in just a minute. >>> coming up, the first look at a deadly bombing in beirut. it may be new proof that the syrian conflict is spilling over its borders. >>> a young woman is beaten and assaulted on the capitol crescent trail. now a key witness is talking. >>> lance armstrong, a legend in the cycling world and beyond will give up his tour de france victories, but that's not the only thing being taken away from him. >>> the
a gorgeous day out there. tough to come back indoors. >> and doug just came in. >> were you outside on the grass? >> i was outside, soaking it all in. and then they said, you've got to come in and work. you've got to do -- >> the trees just suddenly went -- they exploded in the last 36 hours. >> absolutely beautiful. i've got fantastic pictures to show you, too. it was gorgeous, gorgeous weekend. a little on the cool side. temperatures in the 60s. but wow, was it nice with all that sunshine. especially yesterday. today, a repeat. plenty of sunshine. but a little bit warmer. highs now in the low 70s across the area. and like i said, i've got great pictures to show you. first off, how about chantilly, where these pictures were taken. there's the beautiful red colors for you. veronica out and about earlier this weekend, take a look at this picture. this down around the quantico area. simply gorgeous. we are really seeing some beautiful color this year. as a result of a little bit of dry weather, that dry weather helping to bring out those fall colors we've seen so often. here's another
today. but not everybody's done with it just yet. storm 4 chief meteorologist doug kammerer is here with that. >> yeah, it's funny, pat, because when we say most of the rain has moved out, most of the area. if you take 100% of the area right now, probably 90% of it is dry. but the 10% that has the rain is about 90% of where the people live. you can see where the rain is coming through downtown right now. also coming through many areas of montgomery county, fairfax county, getting hit hard by this rain. also down towards prince william county. you can see exactly what i'm talking about as we zoom on in here. right around olney, georgia avenue, towards aspen hill and 28 here on the intercounty connector, all seeing fairly heavy rain. as we move to the south, in through fairfax county, george washington memorial parkway, around mclean and tyson's corner, all seeing that heavy rain. and coming into the district and down to the south, some heavy rain along i-95. this is between lorton, franconia and around springfield. this will affect the rush hour tonight along the beltway, from i-95 a
and of course ohio. melissa: doug. gerri: doug i was surprised to see what was going on in ohio. "fox news oll". ahead i canot see that far. this is the tte that romney has to take. >>certainly. there is a lear tightening after the debates. implore data are you seeing the senate race tight as well? th you start to see that with the top of the ticket then you have real momentum. up until nowt is a very tight political race without clear evidence one way or another. gerri: the president makes his sixth appearance calling the death of americans not optimal. >> if more aerans get killed in is not otimal. >> hedid not include the qution he said it is not exactly optimal. but for him to se that word in a response? [laughter] am not a oreign policy expert but the politics is the president has taken bertrand also owed to a quiet romney t task to politicizing the issue from practically before happened to get it wrong. gerri: many ople would like to debate you on that topic. fox says they have 60 doments from the state department. with the three page cable from chris day bends -- evens saying he is worr
of a concern for them. let's debate this doug schoen, former pollster for president clinton. monica crowley, radio talk show host. both are fox news contributors. good morning to you. let me show the poll one more time. 67% say it is troubling the first initial erroneous reports came out of the administration. 26% say not much of a concern. doug, is this an issue in the presidential election? >> absolutely it is a issue. when something is troubling it is not full voting issue. but the bottom line as we go into the vice-presidential debate and two presidential debates coming in the next two weeks, this is a huge concern for the obama white house, make no mistake and they're going to try to keep a troubling concern, troubling not totally political. not have it dominate the election. alisyn, most of all, not have it take over the final days of the campaign in a way that could be calamitous for the election. alisyn: monica, do you agree with doug, when people go into the voting booth, are they thinking about benghazi or thinking about their jobs and their gas tanks? >> obviously jobs and the ec
with warmer temperatures next week. doug will be back with a look at the weekend for you. abc world news is coming up. >> have a good night. president obama: i'm barack obama and i approve... thissa message. anncr: victims. dependent. that's what mitt romney called forty-seven percent... of americans. including pele on medicacare. but what about his plan for you? romney would replace guaranteed benefits with a voucher system seniors could pay six thousand dollars more a year. a plan aarp says would undermine medicare. you're no victim...you earned your benefits. don't let mitt romney take them away. would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme. so i looked into it. turns out, romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. in fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life. this issue's important to me, but i'm more concerned about the debt our children will be left with. i voted for president obama last time, but we just can't afford four more years. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. marywe invest in th
the treasury. we haven't gotten them yet. last week the cbo did tell us expect $1.1 trillion deficit which doug, was improvement from last year. which was 1.3 trillion. what is the splin politically? >> there is not much to spin here. the budget gotten better because largely the economy improved somewhat compared to 2009. to argue this is good news story because the economy is doing well is tough place to end up. the real difficulty is going to be honest with the american people about the numbers and explain you can't close it all with taxes on high income americans. i thought that was handled well last night. for the administration they simply have to say, gee we inherited a bad situation. we promise we'll take care of it in the next four years. obviously they have the promise of first four years hanging over them. they're in a tough spot. lori: what do you think how voters general public, anyone in particular, this idea of romney's idea that the, not only the federal budget deficit but the national debt in and of itself a moral issue. are people buying into that? >> for a long, long time the
, former spokesman for the democratic congressional campaign committee doug foreign nell and from the now romney superpack. so we could really walk out on the house debate. ann i want to put up our top ten markets, these are the most saturated ad markets for the eighth through the 14th. norfolk, cleveland, florida, virginia plus ro colorado. flohva and then colorado, iowa, wisconsin those are the six. >> this is the map, this is the place that we all want to visit and the people there probably want to flee by now. we have known this map from the outset and the map hasn't changed. that's one of the interesting things. despite all the ups and downs, we are in this same map. >> that is an interesting point that, is that a yellow flag for romney? he's doing well, everything's popped for him. but you know the map hasn't changed. >> but the map has gotten better. before the debate, we saw it tight. si since the debate, he's not within the margin of error, he's going to be up. i think going into the 12re67, he's exactly where he needs to be. >> you're not concerned that the maps never really exp
11th this year. doug mckelway joins me live in washington on this. doug, is this the first witness we're going to hear from here? >> reporter: the first witness actually gone on the record, not a anonymous source. a guy came forward to say security was denied there. he is lieutenant colonel andrew word, former head of a special forces team in libya. he told cbs news that his request for beefed up security was rejected in washington. the man who made the call to reject the extra security, undersecretary of state management, patrick kennedy who held the job since 2007. after the attack kennedy privately briefed house and senate staffers told them the attack appeared to be sophisticated involving light and heavy weapons. four days after that briefing, u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice took to five different sunday talk shows to say it was not a planned attack. it was another three days after that, before any senior u.s. official publicly stated that the benghazi incident was indeed a terrorist attack. >> americans deserve the truth on what happened. and so i think what you're going
night. doug luzader has more. >> reporter: it may have had all the appearances of a high dollar fundraiser, but it's not often you see both mitt romney and the president working over the same room or saying things like this -- >> i had a lot more energy in our second debate. i was really rested after the long nap i had in the first debate. >> i've already seen early reports from tonight's dinner. headline, obama embraced by catholics. romney dines with rich people. >> reporter: all of this to raise about $5 million for catholic charities. the dinner has become an election year tradition and the two headliners really delivered, setting aside the noise of hundreds of millions of dollars of largely negative ads that are barraging swing states now. lighter moments can play big. president obama also sought out young voters with an appearance on john stewart's daily show yesterday, and ann romney courted women voters on "the view." last night's brief moments of peace may have been brokered by cardinal timothy dolan, they'll are be short lived. monday's debate won't be so pleasant. >>
-eakin is joining us what's the political impact do you think doug of this right before the election? you know, big voting block and not getting a very big increase in their check monthly, or is there an impact? >> well, the seniors have regularly come to expect an increase in their social security benefit. you step back and ask yourself why that would happen, it is because it's indexed to inflation, the fact we have very low inflation leads to very low increases in social security benefits, but to the extent that they look at that check or the check they will likely get in january and they are dissatisfied, they are likely to point to the incumbent and say gee this isn't any good, let's try the next guy. connell: not to get sidetracked a little bit, but you mentioned there no inflation and that's why we don't see the increase, i was thinking the conversation dagen had with peter schiff and that was about how voters do see inflation as a big concern. dagen was speculating that's probably mostly because of gas prices. it is kind of funny to see the two, the biggest concern voters have on the one han
have doug talking about strategic misjudgments, sort of doug's middle game name. >> that's a long middle name. >> it's wordy but he can fairly tie him into this whole crew that's basically his same foreign policy advisers, right? >> he can. and we will talk a little -- in a second about the president's foreign policy. melissa, in terms of how the debate has played out this week, after the first debate it was, you know, self- -- the president's self-emulated, romney won hands down. a collective sense that the president had done significantly better, maybe not the rolled down gates pulled down over the romney gates many hoped. peggy noonan writes that -- what do you make of that? is the president not winning the post-debate week? >> he's president. so that means that his role as the president, as the person actually governing, is always going to overshadow sort of whether it's the playfulness of the al smith dinner or the performative aspects of the debate. let me be clear i think that's good. you know, maybe it's not good at this particular moment for this particular campaign, but
now. parts of our area are seeing very heavy rain. storm tm 4 chief meteorologist doug kammerer has the scoop. >> that's really a great shot right there. you can see the sun coming through and underneath some of those clouds. we are dealing with some very heavy rain, some lightning and also some small hail, too. a lot of people saying they're looking at rain bows out there. it is getting a little on the pretty side. where it's not pretty, right along 95, columbia pike, savage, maryland, towards laurel, very heavy rain in and around this area. and down towards college park seeing that rain continuing. back to the west just to the north of olney, seeing that rain. montgomery county. we'll zoom in to northeast d.c., you can see just to the east of 16 here, right along route 50 as you're heading to the beltway and around college park and green belt, some of that very heavy rain. down to the south, another area of rain has developed right along the potomac river through woodbridge and quantico, and just to the north of nangemoy. if you're going to be out, say, right around i-95 or east i
released a new study. doug will talk in a few minutes about the details to surprise it found that the tax increases due to occur at the end of 2012 if they last for 2013, would raise taxes by $56 00 billion. the average household would pay about $3500 more than that the rules in place. cbo says the tax hikes along with hundreds of billions of dollars discretionary spending cuts. would drive the chief economist at coalition she blogs as economist mom and chief of house budget committee and for the democratic staff of the committee. our format today will be straightforward. each of the panel lists will speak for about five minutes. i'll ask them questions. we'll try to get a discussion going and turn over to the audience and give you chance to ask questions. we have people watching on c-span and on the web, if you're not in the room and have questions, please send them to public affairs all one word at urban.org and the questions will come to me. to start, donald? >> thanks, and thanks everybody for being here. thank you for braving the rain to talk about fiscal cliff and try not to ruin yo
.1%. doug mckelway live at the white house with more. doug? >> reporter: hey, jon, these new unemployment numbers obviously coming as tremendously welcome news to an obama campaign that is still reeling from what most now agree was a lackluster debate performance last month. in fairfax, virginia, at george mason university, the president departed from his standard stump speech to tout these new numbers. here he is just moments ago. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. [cheers and applause] because of your strength and resilience, the strength and resilience of the american people, we've made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> reporter: but behind these apparently encouraging unemployment numbers are some very confusing and conflicting statistics. the number of unemployed dropped 456,000 last month while only 11,000 new jobs were added, so that leaves 342,000 people kind of up in the air. did t
. megyn: doug schoen is a former adviser for president clinton and pat caddell for president carter. >> this comes from the top. they regroup the obama campaign after the debate, a disastrous debate by all polls and all accounts and they decide they had to go back to a narrative which has worked, the most virulent attacks on governor romney, attack him as a felon, criminal, murderer, it worked. they were ahead while he were doing it. they have 29 days left. the bottom line, it worked then, call him a liar and it will get the president-elected. megyn: he has been attacked as a possible felon by the obama campaign and priorities u.s.a. as a murderer responsible for the death of a man's wife. and it was a lie. is this an effective campaign strategy? tight worked in the past because romney hasn't been on the stage. the problem is 70 million americans saw a debate. they could see for 90 minutes and make a judgment about governor romney and the president and they made a judgment. let me tell you the other problem the president's campaign has. this is coming from the top, which is this dis
's where malarkey came in. doug mcelway is live in washington. we have our own fact checkers. i would never use that word on any of your reports. >> so i can state for the record i didn't do the fact checking, that would be malarkey. it was our brain room that did the fact checking from last night. last night's debate focused heavily on entitlements prompting paul ryan to attack obamacare for costing harm to seniors who use medicare advantage. >> 7.4 million seniors are projected to lose the medicare advantage coverage they have, that is a $3,200 medicare cut. >> true or you false? it is true. they wrote, quote, we estimate in 2017 when the medicare advantage provisions will be fully phased in enrollment in medicare advantage plans will be lower by about 50% from it's projected level of 14.8 million under the prior law to 7.4 million under the new law. all right. moving along now. another statement to fact check from paul ryan regarding this often repeated romney campaign contention that obamacare takes $716 billion away from medicare. listen up. >> obama care takes $716 billion from medica
maker that got some 250 million tax dollars is filing for bankruptcy. and doug mcelway has more for us from washington on this. >> reporter: the name of the company is a123, a waltham, massachusetts outfit that specializes in lithium ion batteries. it built three plants in 2010 to take advantage of the state's huge tax breaks for battery manufacturers. vice president joe biden hailed the $249 million tax grant to the company. he said with recovery act projects like this we are starting to turn the page on a decade of failed economic policies, end quote. president obama phoned the company at a 2010 celebration. >> i am calling to congratulate a123 systems on this tremendous milestone. as you said thanks to the recovery act, you guys are the first american factory to start high volume production of advanced vehicle batteries. i met with david and some of the a123 team here in the white house back in april, and it's incredibly exciting to see ho*uf you guys have come since we announced these grants just over a year ago. >> reporter: despite hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer supp
the affects of the healthcare law. doug abg elway live i abg mcelway live in washington with more on this. >> reporter: quite a contention by issa that this demonstration project is being used to buy the election. here is why issa believes that. the obama administration and hhs through $8.35 billion into this medicare advantage demonstration project. that money has the os sentencible affect of postponing the first round of cuts to medicare advantage that obamacare would impose. is it really a demonstration project? it's costing more than the combined 85 previous demonstration projects before it. in effect propping up medicare advantage, issa contends, so seniors won't see the cuts coming to it. keep in mind that a center piece of the romney campaign is that obamacare imposes $716 billion in cuts to medicare. >> what's important about this is the money they are taking, they are taking out of nowhere. this is not appropriated money, this is money that bypasses congress and just allows secretary sebelius, by calling this what she is calling this to spend $8.3 billion to basically buy an elec
showed up on the imus show to discuss doug's new book. i promise there are no dull moments. the thing that shocked me about the book. when you hear doug talk about it, when they do what they are designed to do. the incentives that drive them. you do spa split screen of me saying here, strippers, drugs and they are married. megyn: meteorologist janice dean tells us hurricane sandy could turn into the next perfect storm. it's on course to hit the united states next week. it already turned deadly. our script said frankenstorm. that didn't sound good. we saw one of those storms in 1991. an unlikely set of circumstances could turn sandy into the case scenario. >> reporter: this is from noaa. it says we don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting. there have been comparisons to the perfect storm in 1991 called the halloween nor'easter. it hit october 28 and lasted until november 4. that's the time frame of this storm. it spawned average waves of 50 feet. in some places 100 feet. that's when the andrea gail sunk inspiring the movie called "the perfect storm." i want
rollins this was like being trapped in a bar next to a no it all drunk. doug schoen said biden was passionate, substantive, paul ryan was competent at best and no more. that's how the left sees it. >> i respectfully disagree with doug who is an astute person but more to the center than left. if you were trying to figure out who paul ryan was you came away with a very good impress. if you're looking at joe biden and trying to get substance, really it's intelligence community's fault? at one point he tried to suggest that it was paul ryan's fault that there was not adequate security in benghazi. my personal favorite last night was he said, he said, you no, the war in afghanistan and iraq, i voted against them. i stood up and said, you know, we can't afford it. well, wait a minute you voted for the authorization of the use of force resolution to go into afghanistan in 2001 and you voted for the iraq war resolution. a whole series of questions were passed over by the media generally. talking points assert things that were not true and occasionally stumble into land miness that you
government romney spent a lot of time on the offensive. doug luzader takes a closer look. >> reporter: they sat down at the table last night with the same ultimate goal in mind, and that is, of course, winning come november 6th. they have two different strategies to get there. >> this debate begins as they do, with a handshake. as they headed to their seats, they had different objectives. romney, to preserve his momentum, the president to get some back. when romney questioned cuts to the navy, a critical issue in the battleground state of virginia, the president delivered what his supporters think was the line of the night. >> you mentioned the navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than in 1916. governor, we have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changeed. >> reporter: we the split screen may have told the story, with the president not stepping down and this time, it was morally a glare. while the focus was on foreign policy with questions like russia, israel and libya, romney made a pivot to the weak economy. >> amermust lead and for that to hap
funds he is betting on now that he truly believes will make you money. ♪ follow the wings. liz: doug jones industrials is on track to finish the week lower even though, you know what, when nearly fumbled of the games we just had, but there have been some pretty big movement. let's go to robert gray in the newsroom. what you picking of year. >> reporter: were taking a look at one of the winners. the big slide here. a pretty decent week. as of 3% on the week, up 1% and change in today's session. not a lot of news flow on intel, but certainly seeing the insiders, the ceo and cfo among them buying the stock. a lot of inside stockholders, a lot of folks follow this to see what insiders are buying. they sell for various reasons and usually only buy when they think it's going higher. it could be the surface hoopla hoping to raise intel, but here are the winners. procter and gamble down today, but up for the week, and caterpillar. take a look at some of the losers. dupont. disappointing earnings. 3m. actually millennial media, cisco systems as well up today, but down for the week. basically
at a conference in 2010. doug mckelway is following it arrive in washington. doug? >> gregg, one of the features of that conference in orlando last year was the presentation of a parody film, a takeoff on the classic "patton." it was designed to motivate va employees. here's a snippet of the film. >> one of the worse mistakes you can make in carrying out your mission is getting the idea in your head that stability is a virtue. stability is not a virtue, it's a trap. it means you're holding your own, you're standing still. >> reporter: the film goes on with interviews of va employees and beneficiaries. it cost $52,000 to produce that little 15-minute film. it was shown only twice. yet that price tag is only a fraction of the cost of the overall conference. the va billed taxpayers over $5 million for the conference, that's more than five times what that notorious xsa conference -- gsa conference in vegas cost. what's more, just as with the gsa, the va inspect general's report found investigators were lousy at keeping track of their expenses. quote: >> reporter: a day before this damaging ig report
years, so it's really an audition for mitt romney in front of 50 million american people. >> doug, you have watched many of these. you have analyzed many of these rsh you are calling this one historical. a historical event. why? >> because we're in this weeshd cycle here where barack obama is a president with over 8% unemployment. usually that means you lose, but mitt romney has run a lackluster campaign, particularly in august and september. you are starting to see in the swing states barack obama pulling ahead in virtually all of the polls, and if he comes and gets any more momentum, he has the momentum right now, obama, and he doesn't get stopped at all, then it could be a break-out for the president. on the other hand, mitt romney tonight is such an underdog, people don't think he is that fantastic of debater. they're underestimating him. he is quite good. he comes and seeming to have parody with the president and maybe get that zinger they're rehearsing so hard, get one in that works and hits this youtube media cycle playing over and over again. romney could turn into the swing st
with "rolling stone" and doug brinkley, the historian and the editor apparently asked him, as he was leaving the oval office -- follow me here -- he asked him about little kids and how kids react and obama grinned and said i do very well in the key demographic ages 6 to 12, i'm a killer. and they're joking around and the editor thought about lower the voting age and obama said, the president said, you know kids have good instincts they look at either guy and say, well, that's a bser, i can tell. i cleaned it up. i don't know how this plays but it seems this is the president unvarnished and "rolling stone" had it on the record and put it up. >> that's clearly a moment talking about what happens in the world that isn't the high intensity stakes of politics. my 10-year-old asked about the 47% because he's heard it and learned it. but that's a moment of the president showing his humor and affection for kids and that's a great moment. >> let me interrupt. brian williams with the president, traveling with him for two days, is on the phone. you asked the president how he feels about mitt romney and
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by the news director of wbgo-fm, doug doyle throughout the court pass. here are the rules. each candidate was 90 seconds for an opening and closing statement and each will have 60 seconds to answer questions for our panel. then we will build onto the next question. there is a title like that keeps us on schedule and it is my job to try to enforce a timing light. the audience has promised once again can make my job a bit easier and show proper respect to candidates by holding a pause until we end this broadcast. if you'd like to join the conversation during the broadcast, follow us on twitter using the hash tag mj debate. we tossed a coin. senator kyrillos goes first. your opening statement. kyrillos: mike, thank you very much. thank you to the record at montclair state and you senator menendez for this debate. you know, i love this country. i love america. all of us are blessed to call america home. i am a product of the american dream. my grandparents came to this country and later, my father. and they lived a great american dream life. i grew up. i went to school, became a state senator
one is a town hall, and most of the questions will come from the audience. doug brinkley is with us from austin, texas. he is a presidential historian, teaches history at rice university, and i understand as well you are actually going to be delivering a pre-debate lecture atofstra university just in the next couple of days to really get people a sense of what this means and how this could impact the race. tell us a little bit about what you think about the town hall format. >> well, that's right. first of all, these are a great boon for our university. hofstra, to be a student there and to have all this excitement coming here to campus. the town hall format, i think it's much better than what we saw with the last one. at least you feel that the -- in this case president obama and mitt romney are going to be actually looking at citizens. now, it's become very scripted over the years. in 1992 it was the wild west in these town halls, meaning somebody from the audience can ask a question. now they've been prescreened to the point that it is a little bit less open formed than one might
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